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Garvita Gulhati

Our water supply is getting harder to count on, so this teenager started counting on the water we left behind

In 2015, Garvita learnt that 14 million liters of water is wasted every year at restaurant tables. Meanwhile, climate change is causing extreme weather events that reduce the availability of drinking water, especially for children. So, she started Why Waste? From struggling to be taken seriously by restaurateurs, she and her team of ‘waterpreneurs’ have reached out to over 500,000 restaurants across India, prevented over 10 million liters of water from being wasted and impacted over 6 million lives. The idea continues to grow today with chapters in 8 countries.

Called the “Water Girl of India” by CNN and the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India, she used the slowdown during the pandemic to make a ‘Why Waste App’ that calculates an individual’s daily water footprint and helps save at least 100 liters of water every day. Her work contributes to our national-level goals of conserving water and minimising wastage under the National Water Mission, and to Sustainable Development Goal 6 by ensuring the sustainable management of water.